Group and School Visits to Sherborne Castle

We offer special discount rates for groups of 15 or more visitors, all our group tours include admission to the Castle, Gardens and Grounds.

Self-guided castle tour £9.50 per person or £4 per child

Take the Castle tour in your own time and ask questions of the stewards if you wish to, and visit the gardens and grounds.

Private Viewing of the Castle with a tour guide £12.50 per person or £6.50 per child

Book a fascinating and informative tour of the Castle with your own tour guide and visit the tea rooms and beautiful gardens after the tour. Please note these tours start between 10am and 10.30am with actual timings dependant on group size.

New for 2019 are themed private guided tours. Choose one of the following themes for your tour:

  • Architecture, Art, Furniture & Porcelain – Experience 400 years of decorative styles & exquisite collections.
  • ‘Great Stories’ of Sherborne Castle – Walk in the footsteps of Raleigh & the Digby’s through Sherborne Castle to uncover our headline moments of history.
  • Ladies of the House – Experience intrigue, scandal, compassion, desire & love! Learn about the beautiful and formidable ladies of Sherborne Castle & their incredible tales.
  • Gardens & Landscape – Explore the historic English landscape Gardens of Sherborne Castle; from the Tudor formal gardens through the turbulent 17th and 18th century changes to today.

Please call 01935 812072 for further information & make a booking or submit a group booking enquiry form.

How to book your visit

If you would like to bring a group to Sherborne Castle we suggest you make a booking as soon as possible. Please do not be concerned about not having all the details to hand when you complete the form as it will be important to reserve your space in our visitor diary to ensure you obtain the date and time you prefer. If you would like to discuss your requirements please contact us on 01935 812072.

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Welcome for groups

On arrival at Sherborne Castle you will receive a warm welcome; we will introduce you to the Castle, explain where everything is located in the gardens and run through the arrangements of your visit.

We are easy to find and accessible for coaches, being located only a few minutes from the historic town centre of Sherborne and the main A30 road to the West Country. There is ample space for free coach parking.

What to do when you get here?

Come and explore Dorset’s “hidden gem” and see magnificent state rooms, a Tudor kitchen; relics from the Civil War and archaeological treasures in the Castle’s cellars. Enjoy easy short and long walks set within the beautiful Dorset countryside in one of the finest examples of ‘Capability’ Brown’s landscape you will see anywhere, not forgetting to leave time to browse our souvenir gift shop and take refreshment, a light lunch or snacks in our tea rooms.

We recommend you plan for a minimum time here of 4 to 5 hours, which includes the average time taken to complete a castle tour with sufficient time to see the gardens and grounds, the gift shop and a visit to the tea rooms.

If you are looking for a full day out why not combine the Castle and Gardens with the historic market town of Sherborne and its wonderful Abbey or the ‘old’ Castle ruins?

School & Language Student Groups

The self-guided option is available at £4 per child or the private viewing option at £6.50 per child. To make your visit more interesting and fun why not purchase our Children’s pack which includes a pencil, Castle Quiz  and a Children’s Nature Trail for the Gardens. £1 per pack.

Language information sheets are available for group leaders or individual students in French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and German.

Coach Drivers

Coach drivers have free entry to the Castle and Gardens and are entitled to receive a free voucher for drinks and food in the Tea Room. There is unlimited free parking for coaches and cars.